put on your faces – earth day 2010

Today is Earth Day 2010.  For forty years this annual event has served to focus attention on issues such as conservation, pollution, climate and sustainability.  That 2010 is also the International Year of Biodiversity makes this Earth Day even more important.

Every 24 hours approximately 100 species go extinct, relegated forever to the past tense.  It seems to me that every day should be Earth Day.  But since I have no interest in preaching, I thought I’d mark this event with a special edition of put on your faces.  Because it’s faces like these that we stand to lose.

Close-up of a mallard duckling (Anas platyrhynchos) (2009_06_03_021795)

Mallard duckling (Anas platyrhynchos)

Close-up of a white-lined sphinx moth (Hyles lineata) as it feeds (2009_07_18_026958_c)

White-lined sphinx moth (Hyles lineata)

Close-up of a juvenile male blackbuck (a.k.a. Indian antelope; Antilope cervicapra) (2009_05_22_020931)

Blackbuck (a.k.a. Indian antelope; Antilope cervicapra); juvenile male

Close-up of a green heron (Butorides virescens) (2009_09_05_028705)

Green heron (Butorides virescens)

Close-up of a fox squirrel (a.k.a. eastern fox squirrel, stump-eared squirrel, raccoon squirrel or monkey-faced squirrel; Sciurus niger) (2009_09_27_029754)

Fox squirrel (a.k.a. eastern fox squirrel, stump-eared squirrel, raccoon squirrel or monkey-faced squirrel; Sciurus niger); male

Close-up of a green anole (a.k.a. Carolina anole; Anolis carolinensis) (20080817_11010_c)

Green anole (a.k.a. Carolina anole; Anolis carolinensis); male

Close-up of a differential grasshopper (Melanoplus differentialis) (2009_10_02_029993)

Differential grasshopper (Melanoplus differentialis); male

Close-up of a male great-tailed grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus) (2009_10_25_034089)

Great-tailed grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus); male

Close-up of a male fallow deer (Dama dama) (2009_05_22_020739)

Fallow deer (Dama dama); light morph male (buck/stag)

17 thoughts on “put on your faces – earth day 2010”

  1. awesome. awesome and then some more awesome. Damn! Your mallard ducking melts my heart. Seriously, baby ducks almost make me hurt they are so cute. All these are great – your fallow and blackbuck make me miss the Texas livin’ again!

    1. The more I look at that grackle photo, the more I’m drawn into that eye. Being that close on a cloudy day really brought out subtle tones and variations that I normally see only as bright yellow. (Mind you, I love these birds. So much personality…)

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    1. My in-flight moth photo really needed a stationary subject, Ted, but I was happy with the results of that encounter. They’re such beautiful creatures anyway. And I think that’s the only time when I’ve captured the pure brown of an anole’s eye. It took me by surprise.

    1. You’d love those moths, Clive. They’re so beautiful and so large (about the size of a small hummingbird). Take a look at this for some other images. Though not giant enough to saddle, they’re giant enough to grab your attention and imagination when they flit into the scene.

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